October: 2nd annual ‘Buy 1, give 1’

For the month of October, I’ll be doing the ‘Buy 1, give 1‘ project I started last year. After years of knitting scarves for homeless shelters and refugees, I decided last year to do a month where you can buy a hand-knit scarf and another one will be made and donated to a homeless of refugee shelter. In previous years, scarves have been knit and donated to shelters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Northern Virginia, and Texas.

If you’d like to buy one, they’re available for purchase through my Etsy shop or you can contact me directly.

buy 1 give 1 scarves for homeless and refugees

buy 1 give 1 scarves for homeless and refugees

It’s a wrap: wrapping up ‘Buy 1, give 1’

Huge thanks to those supported the scarf donation program! I dropped off the scarves from ‘Buy 1, give 1’ at the Refugee Services of Texas which has been helping people resettle since 1978. I chose them because they offer so many vital services for people coming to the US. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to flee your home country because of war, etc and come to a new country with a new language and different customs. There were 2 men working on mailing some papers and they had like 50 postal service envelopes and you could tell they had no idea what to do. I experienced like 1% of their experience during my mission in Guatemala – struggling with a foreign language, not understanding how things work at banks, transportation, etc., wandering around a city and just an overall feeling of feel lost or sometimes out of place – however, my experience was different because there’s already a support system as an LDS missionary in a foreign country. You have an experienced companion, mission president, etc. I’m glad there are places and people looking out and helping refugees.

Again, thank you for your support.  I had a lot of fun knitting this fall and hope to do the program every year.

charity scarf program refugees

scarf charity donation refugees

scarf charity donation refugees

refugee services of texas


Falling into Fall

Basically since going to BYU all those years ago, I’ve lived in a place with crisp falls and snowy winters. Since this is our first year in Austin, I’m looking forward to seeing how the fall and winter are. I’ve heard it can get ‘cold’ but no snow, and I’m not complaining! I do however, still enjoy the change of season and all the exciting things that fall brings – a little cooler weather, sweaters, scarves, boots, football, and pumpkin pie! Here are some of my fall favorites, I’m especially loving olive green right now.


olive midi $44 // drapey poncho $36 // chunky scarf $33 

riley blue jeans $38 // new balance $80 // arrow booties $42

The previous owners of our house had some weird make shift fire pit in the backyard because there’s an area with rock underneath where grass doesn’t grow. We figured it would be a great spot for an actual gas firepit to make s’mores once the temperatures drop.

gas firepit